Montana fly fishing information

Not really summer, not really fall. Enjoy your fishing now. August 16 2017

Long-sleeve jackets and blue sky. Is it summer or fall? Do the fish care?  If our angling summer is defined by hatches—salmon flies are the kick-off, PMDs are the second act, caddis the interlude, and spruce moths the grand finale—the next few weeks are indefinable in all aspects. Our rivers, and the feeding habits of their trout, are now in transition.As kids return to school, the nights get longer and...

Fly fishing boats: choose the best boat August 08 2017

  One of our customers the other day asked about shuttle services on the Yellowstone River. I was fresh off the slopes on a powder day—floating a trout river was the last thing on my thawing-out mind—but I also found three of our guides in the shop replaying the previous day’s float on the Upper Madison. Ready or not, it’s the time of year to consider floating. Take a map...

Montana fly fishing hits dry fly stride July 26 2017

The Bozeman and Big Sky, Montana fly fishing forecast is ideal for late summer dry fly fishing. Anglers looking to fly fish Montana and stay in Big Sky or Bozeman can expect the Gallatin, Madison, and Yellowstone Rivers to fish very well the next few weeks.  A longtime Yellowstone River guide once admitted to me his disdain for the salmonfly hatch. “It’s so anticlimactic, overblown, and over-hyped,” he said. “It’s...

Stoneflies: Always worth considering July 19 2017

        For the next few weeks, local anglers need to brush up on their stonefly entomology. Stoneflies, class insecta and order lecoptera, have over 600 species worldwide and range in sizes from 3/8 of an inch to 3 inches. Of the 600 hundred species, your homework is easy as only three are important in our area this time of year. They are the salmon fly (Pteronarcys californica);...

The Yellowstone River: Montana's Crown Jewel...and it is fishing finally June 30 2017

From its source in the wilderness south of Yellowstone National Park to where it meets the Missouri River in North Dakota, the Yellowstone River near Livingston and Bozeman, Montana is the Lower 48’s longest free flowing, undammed river. Home to its namesake species of native cutthroat trout and arguably the most accessible river in the West, any serious angler has or desires to fish the mighty “Roche Juane”—the original name...

Salmon flies. Baby! June 24 2017

It is time to get your big fly groove on here in the Big Sky and Bozeman area. The salmon fly can reach lengths of 3.5 inches and when these large insects hatch on our local waters the trout respond by binge eating. Be prepared to enjoy this window of feeding abandon with the following tips. Know the insect’s habits. Salmon flies hatch from nymphs, which live in the water year round....

Pesca Fiesta June 30, 2017 June 05 2017

Join us on June 30th to celebrate 33 years in business at our 13th Annual Pesca Fiesta party and super sale. This is a great time to stock-up gear for the summer, see your local angling friends, and test-drive many exciting new products. June 30th. 5 to 7 PM. Free beer. Mac and Cheese feed for all. Store-wide Super Sale. Enter to win a day fishing with GRG’s manager Jimmy...

Pesca Fiesta June 30,2017 June 05 2017

Join us on June 30th to celebrate 33 years in business at our 13th Annual Pesca Fiesta party and super sale. This is a great time to stock-up gear for the summer, see your local angling friends, and test-drive many exciting new products. June 30th. 5 to 7 PM. Free beer. Mac and Cheese feed for all. Store-wide Super Sale. Enter to win a day fishing with GRG’s manager Jimmy...

Catch and Release: Do it right May 29 2017

Most anglers want the glory shot with a big grin and an even bigger fish. In today’s world of selfies, social media posts, and mega-sharing, the desire is strong to photograph our catch. For those of us who’ve been fishing a long time and have caught plenty of big trout, photographing every catch is a thing of the past. But even for us more experienced anglers, you can bet we...

Fish Yellowstone Park this weekend May 25 2017

It’s been 100 years since the National Park Service was created and its duties include managing the first national park in Yellowstone National Park. Despite the unfortunate recent events—including careless visitors leaving the boardwalk and walking in a sensitive hot springs area—the Park Service’s centennial goes on and we celebrate it as part of our national heritage. In looking forward to an exciting centennial season, local anglers eagerly await the...

Big Sky, Montana fly fishing through run off season May 20 2017

Plenty of good fishing in Big Sky and Bozeman, Montana We hoped for snow and we got it, albeit a little later than normal. The late-season skiing action eclipsed the past few years and now we are left with copious amounts of snow. This is a beautiful time in our area as valley floors are green and mountaintops are white. It brings back memories of the Montana I remember as...

Montana's Spring Creeks: Runoff Busters May 18 2017

By Patrick Straub EBS Fishing Columnist In case you need a refresher, what falls from the sky as snow eventually melts and flows into our rivers. We experience this every spring as many of our rivers become high and muddy with spring snowmelt. Several factors dictate how soon, how long, and how intense our runoff season will be, but when it really ramps up, the quest for clean water begins...

Runoff season is here in southwest Montana near Big Sky and Bozeman May 17 2017

You can still fish, it just requires a little extra effort By Patrick Straub EBS Fishing Columnist We hoped for snow and we got it, albeit a little later than normal. The late-season skiing action eclipsed the past few years and now we are left with copious amounts of snow. This is a beautiful time in our area as valley floors are green and mountaintops are white. It brings back...

Choose your Montana fly fishing angling companion wisely May 01 2017

By Patrick Straub EBS Fishing Columnist In my 20s, I spent a lot of time fishing alone. From long day hikes to the meadows of Slough Creek to late nights fishing mouse patterns on the East Gallatin after the band at the Filling Station ceased playing, very few anglers could match my frantic fishing pace. Anytime I wasn’t working to make money to spend on fishing, I was wetting a...

Fly Fishing Store: Summer Sales and Customer Service Whiz Needed April 14 2017

Fly Fishing Store: Summer Sales and Customer Service Whiz Needed. Location: Big Sky, Montana Do you live to fish? Do you want to be part of a dynamic fly fishing business in southwest Montana? If you are excited to work your tail-off during our peak season of June through August, and have a grasp of fly fishing culture (you know of MoldyChum and Hank Patterson, right?), then we want you....

Outside Bozeman - Maternal Instincts - Fishing the Mother's Day Caddis Hatch April 08 2017

Maternal Instincts Jimmy Armijo-Grover Fishing the Mother's Day Caddis Hatch.  Still suffering from cabin fever? Well, it’s time to dust off those winter cobwebs and get ready for the first big hatch of the year, the Mother’s Day Caddis Hatch. This hatch is best experienced in person, as it has to be fished to truly be appreciated. It’s not always the easiest hatch to hit just right, but when you...

Montana Fly Fishing News. April fishing is no joke. April 07 2017

April fishing is no joke. View this email in your browser Montana Fly Fishing News from Gallatin River GuidesApril 2017April. The officially unofficial kick-off to fishing season in Montana. And at GRG we couldn’t be any happier. Our March was the best ever…as it always is around here with great skiing and consistentfishing. But now it’s time to get serious. Here’s what is on tap this month. April: Blue wings, spring...

What Makes a Great Fishing Guide March 26 2017

The best share similar traits Few, if any, places on earth harbor miles of trout streams as densely as this small radius that we call home. Many people moved here for that reason, and for others like myself who grew up here, the area’s trout water has kept us here. And what has kept me here, able to carve out a pretty special lifestyle as a guide, has been sharing...

Where Are They Now? Jane Pratte Expands with Wyoming Women Anglers March 01 2017

Jane Pratte has taken her hobby and passion for women learning and enjoying the art of fly fishing to a whole new level. After attending the Montana Fly Fishing Guide School, Jane has developed Wyoming Women Anglers to create a non-threatening environment for women to fish and learn from each other. The following "Where are they now?" piece also includes Jane's "Guide School Recap" for those of you who would...

Guide Schools of the Northern Rockies: Published by Big Sky Journal February 17 2017

GUIDE SCHOOLS OF THE NORTHERN ROCKIES Want to work as a fly-fishing guide? These three programs will help you get your wader boots wet. Written by ALLEN MORRIS JONES Fly Fishing 2017 / February 2017   WHAT MAKES FOR A GOOD FLY FISHING GUIDE? Start with catching fish, of course. That’s the baseline. Or more to the point, showing us how to catch fish. Tie on a fly, point us...

Madison Gallatin Trout Unlimited 45th Annual Trout Fest February 16 2017

Support our local chapter of Trout Unlimited. No need to be present to bid. More info can be found at www.mgtu.org. Gallatin River Guides will be donating the Women's High Roller Package that includes waders, boots, a seat in Montana Women's Fly Fishing School and other great gear. We're also auctioning off a seat in our .Montana Fishing Guide School.

Thursday Night Fly Tying...Wired Zebra Midge and Brassie February 15 2017

Join us for Thursday Fly Tying Night at Gallatin River Guides. February 16th from 5-7pm. It's FREE! Call 406-995-2290 for details. Wired Zebra Midge Hook: Dai Riki #135 Scud hook Thread: Black 8/0 or 70 denier Body: Black brassie wire Rib: Silver brassie wire Wing: White Zelon or comparable Bead: Black brass or Tungsten     Brassie Thread: 8/0 or 70 denier rusty or red Body: Small copper wire Rib(optional):...

Locals Fishing Report written for Explore Big Sky February 15 2017

By Jimmy Armijo-Grover We're about to reach the midway point of our winter season! The chance of sub-zero temps is starting to fade away, ice buildup on our rivers is starting to recede in many areas and fish are continually feeding on available insects to survive.  If you've been itching to fish, but just aren't motivated by the cooler temps here are some suggestions that can help. Hand and foot...

Thursday Night Fly Tying...Soft Hackle Olive February 09 2017

Soft Hackle Olive The Soft Hackle Olive is a simple pattern that is relatively easy to tie and is a great summer pattern here in SW Montana. Best used when caddis are actively hatching as it makes a great pupae imitation when wet. Would also fish well in waters with similar colored caddis larvae that may not be actively hatching at the time. Can also be tied without a bead, which...